election protocol

See GPC election protocol for the specific GPC protocol to deal with elections. What follows is on the list of process proposals and defines generic what such a protocol "is":

An election protocol defines very clearly and in legally-defined process terms what happens from the time that a writ drops until just after a Canadian federal election ends.

alters timing

Many other protocols, notably the position protocol, may be accelerated, abbreviated, suspended or changed for the duration of the campaign, to make election protocol easier. However, any such compromises are clearly the campaign team's responsibility after the fact, when there may be serious consequences for any such failures to follow the due processes established. See Ten Habits of Well Beings for a way to mediate the conflict between the Party and executive priorities before, during and after elections.

intersects with position-taking

The intersection with position protocol is quite sensitive: gathering best advice of Issue Advocates / shadow cabinet to inform a candidate of their options before they must respond to citizens with Answers to Questionnaires is an issue on which the election and position protocol must absolutely agree.

establishes deference during the campaign

A main function of any election protocol is to establish the power structure (usually a strictlyi temporary command hierarchy) that applies (only) during the campaign. The Shadow Cabinet rises in importance during an election, the GPC Council falls back.

Any precedence or priority relations between candidates is a potential conflict between position and election protocols - who defers to who, on what issue? In a proportional representation regime this includes ordering the party list - which might necessarily start with Leader and Deputy Leader but from there could be any issue advocate perhaps chosen "survivor like" by process of elimination to create the final ordered list. Obviously, if the position the party is taking on an issue is unclear then who is mandated above who in the party list may well be making that decision.

effect on meetings

In particular additional physical meetings must not be required if an election is immediately anticipated - the public Living Platform and private intranet plays a key role in ensuring positions are adequately vetted and validated long before a writ drops so that there is nothing to do but final edits and print version under the election protocol:

optimizes for transport and logistics

The core constraint of the election protocol is transport and logistics: ensuring that everyone is going physically where they need to, in lock-step - staying synchronized, coordinated and on time. For instance all candidate nomination papers must be carried by someone to a place where signatures can be gathered most efficiently. Unless these locations are well known in advance there will be delays and multiple attempts to do what could have been done in one day.

establishes true "election readiness"

True election readiness (not the same as Election Readiness and Campaign Team, which is a specific (some say very wrongheaded) proposal to form a clique using the election protocol to commander also the press protocol ) implies having all possible choices made well in advance of the writ drop.

The week immediately after the drop must be specified TO THE FOOTSTEP. THERE MUST BE LITERALLY NO WASTED PHYSICAL MOVEMENT ANYWHERE IN THE GPC DURING THAT WEEK. This is the most difficult problem in federal elections: finalizing and printing the Platform 2005 print version and completing all candidate nomination processes in time to include all names and candidate bios in documents sent out under press protocol.

This is an extraordinarily difficult set of constraints to meet.